Vladimir Merta, a well known
Czech songwriter and former dissident, would like to unite musicians
from different cultures with his project, with the object of
discovering tolerance and common musical roots.
All these ethnic groups unite
the tragic experiences of the past, the memory of the terror of the
Shoah, the feeling of the uprooting, persecution, and ghettoization.
In todays concert at the
Jerusalem Synagogue Merta presented a Roma (gypsy) group, which
performed together with the Czech singer, Jana Lewitowa.
In contrast to the happy
melodies of the Roma music and with the sephardic songs played by
Jana Lewitowa, the memories of the eldest member of the Roma group
stood out. The violinist expressed how his entire village, men,
women and children were taken prisoner and deported. His face showed
how he moved he was as he told about the misery in the camp; his
voice became more and more quiet.
The concert was especially
successful because of its composition and also because of where it
took place. The Jerusalem Synagogue is a richly ornamented and
splendidly detailed building, which by itself is worth a visit.